Have you made your list of resolutions yet? I usually do that about two hours before midnight. There’s something about the new year that allows us to to start with a clean slate. I haven’t had the pleasure of ringing in New Year’s Eve here at the resort, but I’ll put that on my resolution list for next year. Some guests make it a tradition to celebrate at the Happiest Place on Earth. In fact, the first New Year’s Eve Party at Disneyland park was on December 31, 1957. Here is a look New Year’s Eve celebrations from various decades here at the Parks. Cheers to 2011!
During the holidays, I find myself taking more photos that normal in the parks and adding to the millions of pictures taken every year at the Walt Disney World Resort. We have so many great places to take a holiday shot that it’s hard to pick one. So today, we’re tossing the question to you, “Where is the best place to take holiday photos at Walt Disney World?”
Where’s your favorite place to take a holiday photo? Let us know in the comments.
The internet has changed the way we communicate in ways in we never imagined. For girl like me, who remembers using a typewriter and white-out, I am amazed by technology and how it brings people together.
The members of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel help people from all of the world plan vacations to Disney Parks. The panelists are so passionate and knowledgeable and they do their best to help make every guest’s vacation magical. Often, visitors to the website will ask a panelist for their advice and over time, an online relationship begins. Some guests have their favorite “mom” and ask that mom many questions on planning their vacation down to the tiniest detail.
I heard about one such relationship from a soon-to-be-bride who was planning her wedding at Walt Disney World Resort. She had asked Disney Dad Doug a question and before she knew it, they were feverishly communicating through the website about her wedding.
I’m quite positive that Doug never imagined that he would one day be a wedding planner, but that’s just what he was for this bride! I decided that the two of them should meet the weekend of her wedding. This is their story.
Who are these figures playfully hiding in the foliage around the site of Aulani? They might be the Menehune. According to Hawaiian legend, the little Menehune (men-neh-HOO-nay) are shy folk who come out mostly at night. They are said to be gifted, possibly magical, craftspeople and if you come across a work-in-progress bridge or canoe (as you just might, when visiting Aulani), chances are it’s the work of the Menehune.
You may not spot them right away, but when Aulani opens to guests August 29, 2011, the Menehune will be there, represented by carvings concealed throughout the resort – under tables, in the forest and hidden in corners where they are most likely to be first discovered by kids. The Menehune will have had a hand, unseen, in the construction of Menehune Bridge, the children’s interactive water and slide play area at the resort. And the legend of the Menehune will animate the Menehune Adventure Trail, an interactive journey of discovery that will bring their story to life for Aulani guests.
Along with the fun of their adventures and concealment (“like Easter eggs,” as Imagineer Joe Rohde says), the design of the Menehune statues in Aulani demonstrates the research and dedication to Hawaiian culture that the Disney Imagineers have put into the creation of the resort. Various versions of the Menehune legend depict them as mischievous elf-like characters or as a real, ancient people who lived freely on the islands before being forced into hiding by the arrival of Polynesians from Tahiti.
The legend of the real, ancient Menehune suggests that some of them found refuge on Necker Island, northwest of Kaua`i, and that their life on the island is suggested by mysterious images found in the ancient stone structures there. The Aulani Imagineering team, working with subject matter experts and reviewing the collection at the Bishop Museum of history and culture on O`ahu, took cues from the Necker Island images in designing the Menehune who will populate Aulani.
Have you ever watched a gifted artist apply the finishing brushstrokes to a beautiful painting and seen a masterpiece come to life before your eyes? I experienced the maritime equivalent this month as I spent two weeks living on the Disney Dream in Bremerhaven, Germany, just before it began crossing the Atlantic on the way to its new home in Florida.
From the moment Disney Cruise Line officially took delivery of the Disney Dream on December 9th, the changes throughout the ship were rapid and astonishing. Every morning I’d walk the decks and see breathtaking new details that weren’t there the day before. The level of energy and focus by everyone on board is amazing. Crew, Imagineers, craftsmen and tradesmen of all sorts are working like crazy to bring the ship to life.
I shot some of these details as they caught my eye. I hope they’ll tide you over until the ship reaches Port Canaveral on January 4th. When it gets there I, and a lot of others, will be waiting anxiously to see it pull in.
With any luck the airlines will have found my luggage by then.
The holidays are in full swing here at the Walt Disney World Resort, so why not leverage the gorgeous decor for your big day? By taking advantage of the pre-decorated scenery you can cut down on your floral budget and splurge somewhere else.
We see a lot of couples incorporate holiday elements into their reception, and one of my favorites is a midnight buffet of gingerbread cookies and milk. Give your guests something sweet to snack on after dancing the night away.
Dream of wedding in a winter wonderland? Let us transform an ordinary ballroom into your fairy tale wish come true.
It’s a longstanding tradition at the Disneyland Resort to host the Rose Bowl teams before the big game. The Disneyland Resort has been associated with the Tournament of Roses since 1959 and has had the honor of playing host to many teams during that time.
Earlier today, the Wisconsin Badgers and the TCU Horned Frogs visited the Happiest Place on Earth in advance of the 2011 Rose Bowl game. The teams met in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle and were honored in a brief ceremony. Wisconsin Coach Bret Bielema and TCU Coach Gary Patterson were awarded crystal replicas of Sleeping Beauty Castle in recognition of their achievement. Following the ceremony, players from both teams enjoyed attractions at the Parks, including the Matterhorn Bobsleds and the Mad Tea Party.
Here’s a look at the players enjoying the attraction:
Today is the first day of Kwanzaa, the weeklong African-American cultural festival. And to celebrate the seven-day festival we’re listening in on Mwalimu, one of our Epcot Holiday Storytellers. Mwalimu talks with guests visiting the American Adventure Pavilion this time of year, telling them about the seven Kwanzaa principles, beginning with today, Umoja.